When You Have a Bad Day
We all have them. The days where we aren’t ourselves. The days when nothing comes together the way we’d like. The days when we want to throw in the towel. A bad day can take you by surprise or show up right on schedule.
For me that day was yesterday, and every 28 days from yesterday I have another bad day. I have an infusion every 28 days to help slow and stop Multiple Sclerosis from attacking my body. The day after is my bad day. It’s a dull hangover without the amazing party the day before.
While I start to physically feel better by noon, the afternoon seems to last forever, nothing gets done and I forget that I will feel better tomorrow. My brain knows it’s a medicine thing, but my heart forgets and can’t understand why I can’t write, or think clearly. My spirit and spunk and creativity is shot. On some bad days I fight through, on others, I give in.
Bad days can be fueled from the inside or the out, and while happiness is a choice, the occasional bad day is bound to appear. I feel fortunate that I can schedule my bad day each month, but when you can’t, you can be armed with a few helpful tips to make the bad day better.
When you have a bad day
- Be Kind. Treat yourself as kindly as you treat someone you love on their bad day.
- Cancel things. If you have a jam-packed calendar on your bad day, do a little shuffling and give yourself room to recover.
- Keep things in perspective. This to shall pass. Instead of getting lost in the drama of your bad day, remind yourself that you’ll be feeling better soon.
- Call a friend. Don’t call to complain or commiserate, call to say hello. Call to say I love you.
- Move it. If you are up for it, take a walk or engage in vigorous exercise. A little heart racing might pull you out of your slump.
- Nap. Maybe moving isn’t the right answer, but instead rest and recovery call your name. Close the blinds. Close your eyes. Take a nap.
- Laugh. Read or watch something funny if it’s available.
- Trust. You know what’s best for your body. Don’t dismiss that intuition.
- Give. If you have the energy, work on something for someone else. It will help you to think of someone besides yourself.
- Give in. If you are tired, rest. If you are sad, cry. Give your body and brain exactly what they need.
This week I had my 63rd infusion and 63 days that were not so hot (some better than others). I could complain about all that I’ve missed during those 63 days, but instead I can only be grateful. I’m grateful for my health and grateful for my many good days.
Even the most optimistic, joyful people have a bad day. It doesn’t make you weak to admit you are suffering. The best thing about a bad day is when the next morning washes over and you can really enjoy and appreciate the good life.
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